Paul the Apostle tells Timothy to “No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent infirmities.” (I Timothy 5:23 NKJV) Keywords here, “little wine”, “for your stomach’s sake”, “frequent infirmities”. In Timothy’s day wine was used for ailments but only a little was used, so in that case it was OK. But today we have medicines to help us with ailments so wine would not be the recommendation.
The book of Proverbs tells us, “Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.” (Proverbs 20:1 NKJV) We all know when alcohol is involved the mind becomes even more corrupt than it already is and things tend to get a little bit out of hand when too much drinking is involved. The Bible tells us that “whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”
The book of Proverbs also tells us, “Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to those who are bitter of heart.” (Proverbs 31:6 NKJV) Alcohol can be good to help ease the pain of one who is perishing or calm the nerves of those who are bitter of heart, but that does not mean that we go out and get drunk every time we are brought down. We should always turn to God’s word and or our Christian brothers and sisters for support.
And finally my brothers and sisters Paul tells the Ephesians “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,” (Ephesians 5:18 NKJV) Christian’s should be clear headed and portray Christ like qualities. They should be filled with the Holy Spirit and not alcohol! They are to be good examples to those around them and have a good head on their shoulders and always be about their Father’s business as Jesus was. For He is our example that we should follow!
We should always be on our toes and ready for Christ’s return. For “the day of The Lord so comes as a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2), “we must watch and be sober!” (1 Thessalonians 5:6), We must be ready and of sound mind!
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:11-14 NKJV)
Let us be sober! Let us live like Christ! Amen?